Essential Jordan & Egypt - 14 Days
From 2020-04-19 to 2020-12-20
13 breakfasts and 1 dinner.
5 nights 3 star hotels in Jordan and 7 nights 3-4 star hotels in Egypt.
1 night - Wadi Rum desert camp.
Flight from Amman to Cairo.
Touring of Amman, Petra, Karak, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Mt Nebo, Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor, Aswan & Kom Ombo.
4x4 desert safari across the sand dunes of Wadi Rum.
Felucca excursion to Elephantine Island.
Excursion to the Dead Sea.
Escorted by a licensed Jordanian tour guide and an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology.
English speaking specialist guides at some local sights.
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 7 and day 14.
All transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles.
Average group size: 16 persons.
Itinerary / more information
Day 1 - Amman Sunday. Upon arrival at Queen Alia International Airport you'll be met and transferred to our hotel in Amman. At 6pm this evening meet your guide and the rest of the group at a Welcome Meeting. If you are arriving after the meeting time your guide will catch up with you either tomorrow morning or in the evening.
Day 2 - Amman Today is free to independently explore Jordan's capital and perhaps enjoy a stroll along Rainbow Street to experience modern Amman with its hip bars, rooftop restaurants, art studios and bookshops. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to see the spectacular 2000-year-old ruins in the Graeco-Roman city of Jerash and explore the 12th century Ajloun Castle which sits atop a hill in the Jabal Ajloun district in northwest Jordan.
Day 3 - Amman City tour & Karak Castle Amman - Karak - Petra. Our day starts with a guided tour of Amman, taking in the Citadel, which sits on the highest hill in Amman, and the National Archaeological Museum. From Amman we drive south to Petra, stopping en route to explore the crumbling remnants of the magnificent Crusader castle of Karak.
Day 4 - Petra We spend today exploring the remarkable Rose City of Petra. Dating back to the 6th century BC, Petra was once the thriving capital of the Nabatean empire before being lost to the world for hundreds of years and rediscovered in the 1800s. Recently voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, it's one of the world’s most incredible archaeological sites. We access Petra by walking through a narrow gorge known as the Siq, where 200-metre-high rocks give way to reveal the spectacular façade of The Treasury. From here, the hidden valley widens to reveal the impressive Amphitheatre, tombs and temples that constitute the remains of this astonishing ancient city.
Following a fascinating guided tour, those feeling energetic can climb the hundreds of rock-cut steps to the Monastery, which offers incredible views over the surrounding landscape. Those staying on the ground can enjoy free time to explore and take more photographs.
This evening we have the opportunity to revisit Petra after dark on the optional Petra By Night excursion (payable locally). Walking back through the Siq, we see The Treasury’s magnificent façade illuminated by thousands of candles.
Day 5 - Wadi Rum Petra - Wadi Rum. Spend this morning enjoying some free time or revisit Petra on an optional hike. Entering via the Al Madras secret road, the route takes in views of The Treasury from above and visits the High Place of Sacrifice, which served as the venue for religious ceremonies.
This afternoon we drive to the vast desert landscape of the Wadi Rum. Boarding 4x4 vehicles, we take an exhilarating ride past rolling red dunes and epic rock formations on the way to our desert camp. Once there, we enjoy a Jordanian dinner and some time around the campfire, before exchanging our ceiling of stars for a permanent tent to bed down for the night.
Day 6 - Dead Sea Wadi Rum - Dead Sea - Mt Nebo - Madaba. This morning, early risers can enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the desert. Then after breakfast we travel north from Wadi Rum to reach the Dead Sea. At over 400 metres below sea level, this is the lowest point on Earth and its hypersaline waters are famous for their buoyancy. Here we spend a leisurely few hours floating about and smothering ourselves in some of the black Dead Sea mud, which is said to have curative properties.
Next we visit Mount Nebo, which offers views across the Jordan River Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho and even as far as Bethlehem. It was from this site that Moses viewed the Promised Land. We spend our final night in Jordan in Madaba. This ancient market town is famed for its beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics, the most impressive of which is found in St George's Church and is the oldest known map of the Holy Land.
Day 7 - Cairo Amman - Cairo. Today marks the end of the Jordanian section of our tour and the beginning of our Egyptian Adventure. Time for your included transfer to Amman's Queen Ali Airport and your included flight to Egypt. Once at Cairo International Airport, you’ll be met by our team and transfer to our hotel.
Day 8 - Pyramids of Giza This morning we travel to the Giza Plateau to see the only survivors of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World. Built over 4,500 years ago, the Pyramids of Giza were designed to protect the mummies of pharaohs and the treasures they took with them to the afterlife. Of the three pyramids known as Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus, Cheops is the largest and was constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks. There is also the option of hiring a camel for a ride across the sands of Giza.
Our next stop is the necropolis of Saqqara, where we’ll explore Zhoser’s famous step pyramid. Rising to a height of 65 metres, this pyramid was an architectural marvel of its time and was constructed by the pharaoh’s chief architect Imhotep. We complete our day souvenir shopping at the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
Day 9 - Luxor Cairo - Luxor. This morning we visit the famous Egyptian Museum, which is home to a mind boggling array of Egyptian relics and antiquities including the treasures of King Tutankhamun and his famous solid gold funerary mask.
This afternoon we board our coach to travel south to Luxor. It's a long journey (approx. 9 hours) today so we recommend stocking up on some snacks beforehand and stops will also be made en route. Upon arrival this evening we check into our hotel by the River Nile.
Day 10 - Luxor Luxor - Aswan. We venture to Luxor’s West Bank this morning to explore the elaborate tombs of the Valley of the Kings. We’re greeted by the towering Colossi of Memnon, a pair of 18-metre high statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, before heading to the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. This memorial temple is one of ancient Egypt’s greatest architectural achievements, featuring a series of terraces rising out of the desert plain and surrounded by imposing limestone cliffs.
Our afternoon sees us travel south to Aswan, where we enjoy a leisurely evening and stroll along the picturesque banks of the River Nile.
Day 11 - Abu Simbel Optional early morning excursion to Abu Simbel. Travelling south through the vast sandy desert we arrive at the site. Abu Simbel - the gargantuan rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder is possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its mammoth rock-cut façade. Abu Simbel was created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple, the four famous colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically, staring out across the desert, seemingly since time began. In a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, the temple was famously re-located further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser, which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex.
After the optional excursion we take a short boat ride out to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the beautiful Philae Temple which is dedicated to the goddess Isis and dates back to 4th century BC. Upon returning to Aswan we visit a perfume oil emporium. The rest of the day is free to either go shopping in Aswan’s colourful souks or relax by the hotel pool, followed by watching a beautiful sunset over the Nile.
Day 12 - Felucca Cruise Today we enjoy a relaxing sailing trip on the River Nile on board a traditional Egyptian felucca sailing boat. Sit back, relax and watch life along the riverbank as we sail to Elephantine Island. The rocks on Elephantine form the shape of an elephant's back and on the island you can opt to see an ancient Nilometer which measures the depth of the Nile and wander around the colourful Nubian Village. Returning to Aswan the remainder of the day offers free time.
Day 13 - Luxor Kom Ombo - Luxor. We bid farewell to Aswan this morning and travel back to Luxor, stopping en route to visit the striking riverside temple of Kom Ombo, which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god Sobek.
Arriving into Luxor opt to join our optional evening excursion to the spectacular Luxor Temple, which is best seen after dark when its incredible relief carvings, columns and statues are illuminated by hundreds of lights. To enter the temple we walk along the atmospheric Avenue of Sphinxes which was once 3kms long, connecting Luxor Temple and Karnak.
Day 14 - Luxor Our final destination this morning is the vast temple of Karnak, where we enjoy a guided tour of this incredible religious complex. Dedicated to the Theban gods, this was an important pilgrimage site in Egypt and its oldest buildings date back over four millennia.
Our Egyptian escapade ends with an included transfer to Luxor Airport. Time your flight to depart after 2pm in order to allow enough time to explore the temple of Karnak. Or, alternatively, we can arrange post-tour accommodation in Luxor upon request if you’d like to extend your stay.
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